In 1977, Roots became one of the most-watched TV miniseries of all time. Based on Alex Haley's book about his family's story, from enslavement to liberation, it won a multitude of awards and exposed Americans to the horrors of slavery.
The recent remake of Roots enters into a more complex and nuanced culture of racial representation. We explore the new version, its place in American culture ... and if we needed a remake of such an iconic series.
- Shawn Edwards, Fox 4 News film critic and co-founder of the African-American Film Critics Association
- Lyle Gibson, genealogist and history instructor at MCC-Penn Valley; author of Black Tie White Tie
- David Muhammed, teacher at Shawnee Mission East
- David Haley, Kansas state senator and nephew of Alex Haley